MacCarter is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides
islands. It comes from the Celtic personal name Arthur.
It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.
Early Origins of the MacCarter family
The surname MacCarter was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacCarter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCarter research.Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early MacCarter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCarter Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. MacCarter has been spelled MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCarter family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Alister MacArthur who was beheaded by James I in 1427; and John MacArthur of the Strachur branch (1767) who journeyed to Australia
with the 102nd Regiment. He became actively involved in the development... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCarter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCarter family to Ireland
Some of the MacCarter family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCarter family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacCarters to arrive in North America:
MacCarter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James MacCarter, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The MacCarter Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et opera
Motto Translation: By fidelity and work.